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The Price College of Business Creates the First Energy MBA Program Delivered Primarily Online

Norman, OK – March 5, 2013 – The Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma has announced the launch of the Energy Executive MBA program. This program, created by the Energy Institute within Price College, will launch during the 2013-2014 academic year and be delivered primarily in an online format. This program will offer all courses tailored specifically for energy company executives and offer the most flexible delivery format available.

After launching a successful week-long Energy Executive Management education program, feedback from the participants suggested they wanted more. -“Hearing directly from executives within the industry spurred us to conduct additional market research – and that research clearly indicated we should offer an executive MBA focused on the energy industry,” said Kenneth Evans, Dean of Price College. -“And with our tradition in energy dating back 100 years, Price College was uniquely positioned to offer this program.”

Feedback from executives suggested that due to lack of hiring in the 80s and 90s there was a need for business fundaments for employees with technical backgrounds in energy companies. -There also was an indication that these employees were extremely mobile, taking assignments all over the world. -To address both needs, Price College will offer the Energy Executive MBA in a format that is primarily online. -Two on-campus immersion events will kickoff and conclude the program with the rest being offered online.  “Flexibility is the key for any educational efforts for us,” remarked Michael Utsler, president, Gulf Coast Restoration Organization at BP. -“We know the strength of education offered by Price College and the University of Oklahoma – and the fact that they can flex it to online delivery ensures we will send students to this program.”

The Energy Executive MBA program will be a 36 hour, 16 month-long program.  To ensure that it meets the needs of the energy industry, the Energy Institute has formed an industry council and a curriculum advisory committee to review learning objectives and make sure they meet evolving industry needs.  “This program will represent a true partnership between the university and energy community,” says Dipankar Ghosh, David C. Steed Professor of Accounting and the director of the Energy Institute. “We welcome the feedback and are committed to growing  the program as the industry evolves.”

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Ranked in the top 5 percent of all U.S. undergraduate business schools based on recent ranking data, the Price College of Business is one of the nation’s premier business colleges. This year, U.S. News & World Report ranks the college’s International Business program 20th in the nation while Entrepreneur magazine in association with The Princeton Review ranked the Entrepreneurship undergraduate program 10th and graduate program 25th in the nation.